Bypoll defeat “timely warning”, not final decision: Himachal CM

In the 2019 general elections, the party won Mandi by a comfortable margin. (file)

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Describing its defeat in the Himachal Pradesh bypolls as a “timely alert” for the BJP, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has said it should not be seen as the final assessment of his government, suggesting that the party is “overconfident”. was disappointed with.

In the recently held bypolls in the state, the BJP lost the Arki, Fatehpur and Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly seats as well as the Lok Sabha seat of Mandi. In the 2019 general elections, the party won Mandi by a comfortable margin.

Shri Thakur said that there are many reasons behind the party’s defeat in these by-elections, which required a thorough analysis.

“There could be many reasons for this defeat, but there was overconfidence in the rank and file of the party, which cost us a lot in these elections. But it was a timely alert for us, just a year before the assembly elections, and now, We will gear up and work hard to win,” Mr Thakur told PTI in an interview.

On speculations about a possible change of leadership in the state government, Mr Thakur said that he has been hearing such rumors since the beginning of his tenure as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh.

He said, “I have been hearing rumors and speculations about change of chief minister in Himachal Pradesh from the very beginning. But one thing I can say with confidence is that manipulations do not work in BJP, especially under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Till now We have won all the bypolls in the state and the result of this bypoll should not be taken as the final assessment of my government.

On the bypoll results, Thakur said that the BJP lost the Mandi Lok Sabha seat by a narrow margin. He said the Congress had fielded Pratibha Singh, wife of former chief minister late Virbhadra Singh, and she got the benefit of sympathy.

Talking about the upcoming assembly elections, Mr Thakur said that the BJP has a strong cadre base and he would tour the state to infuse new energy into them.

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